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Andrew Linzey is an Anglican priest, theologian, writer and Christian vegetarian.

He is a member of the Faculty of Theology in the University of Oxford and held the world’s first academic post in Ethics, Theology and Animal Welfare — the Bede Jarret Senior Research Fellowship at Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford.



From 1987 to 1992, he was Director of Studies of the Centre for the Study of Theology in the University of Essex, England, and from 1992 to 1996, he was Special Professor in Theology at the University of Nottingham, England. In 1998, he was Visiting Professor at the Koret School of Veterinary Medicine at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is currently Honorary Professor at the University of Birmingham, England, and Special Professor at Saint Xavier University, Chicago and an Honorary Research Fellow of St Stephen's House, Oxford.

Andrew Linzey is the director of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, opened in November 2006. The centre aims to encourage research into, and improve public debate on, the issues surrounding animal-related ethics. More than 100 academics in various fields currently act as advisers to the centre.

He has written more than 180 articles, and authored or edited twenty books on theology and ethics. He has lectured and broadcast extensively in Europe and the United States. His Animal Theology has been translated into Italian, Spanish and Japanese.


In 1990, he was awarded the Peaceable Kingdom Medal for outstanding work in the field of theology and animals.[1] In June, 2001, he was awarded a DD (Doctor of Divinity) degree by George Carey, Archbishop of Canterbury, in recognition of his “unique and massive pioneering work in the area of the theology of creation with particular reference to the rights and welfare of God’s sentient creatures”. This is the highest award that the Archbishop can bestow on a theologian and the first time it has been awarded for work involving animals.

In 2006, in recognition of his role in the creation of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, Linzey was named the Henry Bergh Professor of Animal Ethics at the Graduate Theological Foundation in the U.S., the first such professorship of its kind in the world.


Despite Dr. Linzey's influence, his position has not gone unchallenged. Stephen Vantassel, lecturer at the King's Evangelical Divinity School and a trained animal controller[2] contends that Dr. Linzey's position misrepresents Biblical teaching, and is fundamentally anti-environmental.[3][4]


  • co editor Gays and the Future of Anglicanism: Responses to the Windsor Report O Books, 2005, ISBN 1-905047-38-X
  • editor of The Animal World Encyclopaedia Kingsley Media, 2005
  • co-edited with Paul Barry Clarke Animal Rights: A Historical Anthology Columbia University Press, 2005, ISBN 0-231-13420-7
  • Linzey, Andrew Animal Gospel: Christian Faith as If Animals Mattered (London: Hodder and Stougton, and Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1999 and 2000)
  • Linzey, Andrew Animal Rites: Liturgies of Animal Care (London: SCM Press and Cleveland: Ohio: The Pilgrim Press, 1999 and 2001)
  • Linzey, Andrew Animal Gospel: The Christian Defense of Animals Hodder & Stoughton Religious, 1998, ISBN 0-340-62150-8
  • co-edited with Dorothy Yamamoto Animals on the Agenda: Questions about Animals for Theology and Ethics (London: SCM Press and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1998 and 1999)
  • co-authored with Dan Cohn-Sherbok After Noah: Animals and the Liberation of Theology (London: Mowbray, now Continuum, 1997)
  • Linzey, Andrew Animal Theology University of Illinois Press, 1995, ISBN 0-252-02170-3
  • co-editor Dictionary of Ethics, Theology and Society Routledge, 1995
  • Linzey, Andrew Animal Theology (London: SCM Press and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1994 and 1996)
  • co-edited with Peter Wexler Fundamentalism and Tolerance (Canterbury Papers) Bellew Publishing, 1991, ISBN 0-947792-74-0
  • edited with P.A.B. Clarke Political Theory and Animal Rights (London: Pluto Press, 1990)
  • edited with Tom Regan Animals and Christianity: A Book of Readings (London: SPCK and New York: Crossroad, 1989 and 1990)
  • Linzey, Andrew Christianity and the Rights of Animals (London: SPCK and New York: Crossroad, 1987 and 1989)
  • Linzey, Andrew Animal Rights: A Christian Perspective (London: SCM Press, 1976)
  • Linzey, Andrew Creatures of the Same God: Explorations in Animal Theology (New York: Lantern Books, 2009). ISBN 978-1-59056-142-3
  • Why Animal Suffering Matters: Philosophy, Theology, and Practical Ethics (Oxford University Press, 2009). ISBN 978-0195379778

See also


  1. ^ Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics: Director
  2. ^ "Stephen Vantassel's Bio". Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management. 2005. Retrieved 2010-01-02. 
  3. ^ Vantassel, Stephen (2007). "Should Wildlife Trapping Have a Place in a Christian Environmental Ethic?". Evangelical Review of Society and Politics 1, no. 2. p. 20-41. 
  4. ^ Vantassel, Stephen (2003), "A Biblical Assessment of Andrew Linzey's View of Animal Rights", Emmaus Journal 12: p. 177-195 

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